Anthrax-specific "AP 50-like" Phages Isolated From Bacillus Cereus Strains

Acta Microbiol Acad Sci Hung. 1982;29(2):89-98.


Phages exerting a specific action on Bacillus anthracis were isolated from mitomycin C-induced concentrated lysates of 5 Bacillus cereus strains producing megacin A (phospholipase A). In electron micrographs the phages closely resembled the anthrax-specific, lipid containing phage AP 50 isolated earlier from soil sample. The phages were similar to AP 50 also in their antigenic and chemical structure, host range and sensitivity to organic solvents, detergents and caesium chloride. The DNA character of AP 50 nucleic acid was shown by agarose gel electrophoresis. AP 50 and related phages seem to represent a separate group of phages acting on Bacillus strains.

MeSH terms

  • Bacillus anthracis*
  • Bacillus cereus*
  • Bacteriophages / analysis
  • Bacteriophages / isolation & purification*
  • Bacteriophages / ultrastructure
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Nucleic Acids / analysis


  • Nucleic Acids